Statement

Patterns repeat themselves in nature from the micro to the macro. They show us the layout of all life and energy. I choose to explore the beauty and complexity of the unseen world using the tools of research science. Science informs and inspires my artistic practice, as does the human condition. Human behaviors and beliefs are also patterned, and repeat as long as we persist. I use my art to investigate the interwoven themes of invention, desire, belief, and the unseen world.

Exodus

Fluorescent micrograph of newly formed colonies of neural stem cells grown from human skin. Chromogenic flex print, 40”x 60,” edition of 5,  2015.

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Genesis

Fluorescent micrograph of neurons grown from human skin. Chromogenic flex print, 48”x 48,” edition of 5, 2015.

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Awakening

Fluorescent micrograph of neural cells grown from human skin. Chromogenic flex print, 40”x 60,” edition of 5, 2012.

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Cascade

Fluorescent micrograph of neurons grown from human skin. Chromogenic flex print, 16”x 16,” edition of 5, 2012.

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Flame

Fluorescent micrograph of astrocytes grown from human skin. Chromogenic flex print, 48”x 48,” edition of 5, 2012.

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Lacuna

Fluorescent micrograph of neural cells grown from mouse embryonic stem cells.  Chromogenic flex print, 40”x 60,” edition of 5, 2012.

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Tag

Fluorescent micrograph of neural cells grown from human skin. Chromogenic flex print, 16”x 16,” edition of 5, 2012.

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Mouth of Krishna

Fluorescent micrograph of neurons grown from human skin printed on Kozo paper, epoxy, aluminum wire, LED modules, 50’’x 50’’x 16,’’ 2013.

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Temple of the Mind

Detail (70’ x 100’), projected light installation symbolizing the architecture of memory formation, 70’x 300,’  Nuit Blanche, Spadina Museum, Toronto, 2015.

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Fabric of the Universe

Detail (40’ x 40’), projected light installation exploring patterns of electromagnetic energy,  40’ x 200,’  UPHERE urban art and music festival, Sudbury, 2015.

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Redshift

Visualization of brainwaves projected on trees using real-time EEG data from visitors, 80’ x 100,’  Nuit Blanche, Toronto, 2016.

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Bio

Radha Chaddah is a Toronto based visual artist and scientist.  Born in Owen Sound, Ontario she studied Film and Art History at Queen’s University (BAH), and Human Biology at the University of Toronto, where she received a Master of Science in Cell and Molecular Neurobiology.

In her studio she designs light installations for public exhibition. In the laboratory, she uses the tools of research science to grow and visualize a variety of stem cells, the subjects of her photographs. Her work examines the interconnected themes of knowledge, illusion, desire and the unseen world. Her cell photographs and light installations have been exhibited across Canada and her photographs have appeared in numerous publications.  She has lectured on basic cell and stem cell biology for artists, art students and the public at OCADU, the Ontario Science Centre, Sheridan College and the Textile Museum of Canada.